Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar today chaired the 63rd Board of Directors (BoDs) meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation (JKHPMC) at Civil Secretariat here.
The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Atal Dulloo; Secretary Planning Development and Monitoring Department, Raghav Langar; Managing Director, JKHPMC, Shafat Sultan; Director General Codes, Director Horticulture Jammu/Kashmir, Director Agriculture Kashmir, representatives of SFAC, NHB, SKUAST (K/J), former Director Agriculture, Kashmir as special invitee and other concerned officers.
During the meeting, the BoDs held detailed deliberations on various development projects of the Corporation both under execution as well as the ones being implemented during the current financial year under capex.
MD, JKHPMC while making a presentation on the various post –harvest infrastructure projects undertaken by the Corporation explained that three fruit & vegetable processing units are under execution one each at Dobgah, Jablipora and Marh Akhnoor.
Two CA stores projects one at Behrampora, Baramulla – 5000 MT and one at Mazbug, Sopore – 2500 MT have been finalized. He further informed that the Corporation has established on pack house for onions and potatoes at Narwal, Jammu and work on a 2000 MT Cold Store, at Narwal, Jammu is going on.
Besides JKHPMC has set up three Common Incubation Centres, one each at Doabgah, Sopore – Apple, Acchabal, Anantnag – Fish and Narwal, Jammu – Dairy/Bakery with Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GoI’s, financial assistance.
Speaking during the BoDs meeting, Advisor Bhatnagar impressed upon the JKHPMC management that completed projects should be commissioned and outsourced as early as possible so that the stakeholders associated with them stand to benefit.
Advisor advised MD, JKHPMC to distinctly incorporate key performance indicators and other check & balances as per the tender cum lease documents, while leasing out the facilities to private players, so as to secure the interests of the Corporation.
The BoDs also took some significant decisions with respect to the optimum utilization of the substantial post-harvest infrastructure that the Corporation has embarked upon The Board approved outsourcing of the Apple Juice, Corrugated Box and Common Incubation units of the Corporation against commensurate licensing fee.
The Board also decided that the products of Corporation could be linked on e-Nam portal so that the products are made available across the country.